6/2/07

Co 58, K1, P1

Well, well.... lil ol Sheila has been busy this week... learning how to knit... that's right... the K 2 T. Let me tell you it wasn't easy, I spent 4 hours learning how to knit from the Knitting Made Easy CD-Rom. I believe the first hour was spent learning how to hold the needles... my fingers were like what the dickens are you doing.....lol. Finally got the hang of holding the needles and then on to casting on, which was easy... I had attended a stitch n' bitch a while ago... and picked that up easy. Now the challenge was knitting... man o' man... it was a challenge learning how to pierce a loop and yo and carry it over to the right needle.... I darn near pierce my belly button trying to stabilize the needles.... lol. Let me not forget the purl... by the time I got that down the tips of my index fingers were sore. But I wasn't daunted... I kept right at it. I continued practicing while commuting to work and at one point I just knew I was going to poke someone on the train... but that didn't stop me... matter of fact... when I ride the train I favor the two seaters and I'm sure I looked dangerous while knitting and by the third day... I had the two seats to myself...lol. This week was really a learning experience for me... and this is what I managed to get on my needles... Well back to practicing.



16 comments:

Deneen said...

I have that CD-Rom and a DVD, I'll start with the CD-rom like you have. I admit, I am nervous about the whole knitting thing because I don't want to start it with bad habits, etc. The crochet comes so easy now and learning something new always annoys me if I don't "get it" right away.

Good for you!

Kamika said...

You go Sheila! It's nice to see more women becoming bi-crafty with knitting and crochetting. I'm happy to see that you picked it up so fast. Congratulations.

If you ever need any help just let me know. I plan to start putting up individual techniques on my blog to help new knitters become more proficient. It's better to learn good technique early rather than just knowing how to knit an item.

Mary said...

Man, look at you go. I can knit ... the garter stitch. that's it. I've tried a few dish cloths and a scarf or tow. I always seem to have a hole in the dish cloth and the scarves seem to increase in stitches. I guess that just means a lot more practice. Once I start knitting I always think I can crochet this faster! I'm anxious to see how you do and what you make.

del said...

**evil laugh** We've sucked you in!!! Yay! LOL. I bet you in no time at all, you're designing knitted designs as fabulous as your crochet ones! I just bet ya.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Good luck with the knitting! I am sure that you will become as proficient with it as you are crocheting. So does this mean you are going to stop crocheting for a minute? And what's up with "the skirt!?"

Valerie said...

Yeaaah! Congrats! Knitting really is a lot of fun. A pain in the butt sometimes but enjoyable all the same! =)

Sheila said...

Thanks for posting dear bloggers... I'm still practicing and browsing the knit mags looking for a super easy project... like a tank. It's too darn hot to do a scarf.

Vera H. said...

I learned to purl using that
CD-ROM. It's great!

Bi-crafty...I really like that term. I only crocheted for a very long time before I learned to knit for years ago, and I'm so glad I can do both. It will open up so many more things for you.

Dischloths are a great way to practice your knitting. They are small, inexpensive, and practical.

There are a ton of free patterns on the web too.

Andrea said...

I am so proud of you. You're off to a great start, and it looks great. Keep it going girl.

Knitaholictoo said...

ROTFL! that's how I learned to knit (the correct way)... keep practicin', it'll stick! I know incorporate both in my projects.
Woohoo!

Sheila R the other bicrafter

Judy said...

Thanks for the kind comments on my latest projects. Congratulations on learning how to knit! Yes,now you have endless opportunities when it comes to different patterns to choose from. Your latest projects are awesome.

Adrienne said...

How did i Miss this post!!?!? You go ahead with yo bad self!!!

Madelyn said...

Way to go Sheila. Good luck with the knitting, you'll have it down in no time.

NikkiJ said...

OK, you've got it down. It's time to move up! The Interweave Knits Summer Tunic would be a great first garment for you. You've got all the support you need here in blog land. What do you think?

NikkiJ said...

Sheila,

If you have holes because you've dropped stitches, you can pick them up with a crochet needle. I like size c and smaller for this task. Just focus on how the rest of the knit pattern looks, and then match that (this is where your crochet skills come in). If you have holes and haven't dropped any stitches, try immersion blocking. This method works miracles. Go to knittinghelp.com for videos that show you how to do this stuff. There's a link to it on my site. All changing needles means is to start the next row with the different sized needle. No biggie!

NikkiJ said...

Oh yeah, I think this pattern calls for a yarn that has the potential to be drappey. Check out the KAL for the experiences of others knitting this pattern. I think something with at least 80% cotton would work well too. http://summertimetunickal.blogspot.com/